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As part of our Edinburgh Community Music (also available in surrounding areas) Kirsty took a team to Lauder Lodge to sing some golden oldies. It was a lovely afternoon of singing and chat.Music heals, music makes us forget our worries.
In February 2023 we bought some guitars with donations and then Kirsty and Kerry went into Lochgelly West primary school to do a Kids Rock music day. They turned a class into a band and taught the chords on guitars, how to include percussion, singing, dancing and also the class created artwork to promote their band.
Staff all have PVG, are trained and experienced and work alongside teachers during these classes.This is Lochgelly West Primary school where we had a fun afternoon together turning the kids into their band 'The Chicken Curries'
We are always looking for funding for these classes but the team can also be hired to provide any music tuition in schools or privately.
Kirsty and Kerry arrived at our school all ready to turn my class into a Rock Band!
They split the children into 3 groups. One group were working on posters and logos and the other two groups were working on singing, learning guitar chords and learning about rhythm using instruments. Kirsty and Kerry had the children engaged immediately. They were buzzing with excitement! The completed performance was ready in less than two hours. The enthusiastic peer audience made the afternoon complete.
The children went home inspired and buzzing with enthusiasm. Now they are all huge fans of Chief Radio, Sing in the City and Hanley and The Baird!
Parents have given positive feedback and now asking for children to get instrumental tuition.
The children gained lots of skills in the process. Team building, musical knowledge and self-confidence were just a few of the skills they worked on. Hopefully these skills can be further developed in future workshops.
Thank you Kirsty and Kerry for coming to Lochgelly West Primary School. The children were given an 'experience' of a lifetime.
On the 3rd of December we had a team take over Abbyhill church and we provided a community day. We had guitar and art lessons. We had tea coffee and cake, we had singing and lots of Chief Radio music. With some of the money we bought £500 worth of gifts for our local care homes and £500 was split between 10 local charities.
Nicola Murray Foundation, Cottage Family Centre, Upmo, Andy's Mans Club, Number 6 Edinburgh, The butterfly trust, West Lothian 50+ Network, Gift of Christmas appeal Fife, Forth Hedgehog Hospital, Bliss Scotland. We will also be buying some musical instruments with the money so we can go into community groups and teach music.
Since 2013 we have been providing a Christmas party for residents of care homes. Sing in the City and Hanley and the Baird collect money and buy food and drink and this year, the first year back since COVID we had our 10th get together in Edinburgh.Lots of singing, dancing and games take place and we look forward to maybe having a second party in Fife from this year.
Thanks to the Leith Benevolent Association we were able to run a Free Sing in the City choir in Leith. It was a 10 week session where anyone was able to take part, sing and make new friends.
There was a little performance at the end of it and we were very thankful to Abbeyhill Parish Church for their venue.
Chief Radio is extremely proud to have won the Edinburgh Evening News Local Hero Awards in the Arts and Music category.
Kirsty Baird won this award back in 2019 for her contributions to music and the team are thrilled to have their first trophy for Chief Radio that recognises their hard work and commitment.
This was made all the more special with the Edinburgh Playhouse sponsoring this award.
We ask care workers what their residents need at Christmas time. Sweets, chocolates, biscuits, cozy socks and comfy slippers always go down well.
For around 10 years we have been providing a Pensioners Christmas party.We hire a room, buy the party food, provide lots of tea and coffee and we sing and dance with our residents and care workers who have now become friends.
In April 2021 Chief Radio along with Sing in the City are having a 'Daunder' for Cancer Research UK. The charity itself are having a virtual Race for Life but for those listeners and members that can't manage a 5k, we decided to encourage a Daunder instead. We are setting our own target over the month and asking our friends and family to sponsor us.
Everyone has had a close on COVID19 for the last 12 months but we can't afford to forget about cancer and as we Daunder we think about the loved ones we have lost and who are still fighting their battle. Anyone wishing to support Chief Radio in raising money can do so here.
Kirsty made the front page of the Edinburgh Evening news thanks to Liam Rudden's story about her recent award (BEM) and her early days in music before Sing in the City and Chief Radio.Read the full article here
" You can't change the world sitting on your hands."
Kirsty was thrilled, surprised and humbled to be given the British Empire Medal in the New Years Honours. Read the full story here
One of the reasons Kirsty Baird set up Chief Radio was because she wanted a platform to feature and focus on the Scottish Chart. It seemed nobody was playing it. All the commercial stations in Scotland were playing the UK chart even though our Scottish one has been around since 1991.
We were the station that noticed that the chart had been removed and we asked the Official Chart Company, Kantar and Apple Music why it had been stopped. We started this petition.
This is now in the hands of our MSP's and we hope that we have better news in the months to come.
We believe that Scotland should have it's own chart. A more relevant chart that shows the music bought in Scotland. A chart that not only reflects the music that is being bought in Scotland but one that shows the talent that we have here north of the border and the talent from the rest of the world that we support.